My friend is in the Peace Corps in the DR and she was my tour guide for two weeks. The first stop, Redonda Montaña, a mountain with an incredible view.
We snacked on a Cacao bean, which you have to try! They are fleshy and taste delicious.
The summit of Redonda Montaña is like a photoshoot--swings, hammocks, and views for days.
Just a couple of small mountains.
Frances, the birthday girl, tour guide and Queen of the bathroom.
Swings are ridiculously fun. Get on one the next time you see it.
Just me trying to be cute!
Playa Esmeralda, Miches
This beach is magical. Not a resort or person in site. Just us three and the sun.
Can you see the military man?!
The tiki hut was crucial because I forgot to wear a bathing suit under my clothes. Then again, no one was at the beach so it doesn't really matter does it, hah!
That Caribbean water stole my soul.
Our "taxi" drivers. No lie. Frances and I squished behind the first guy and Michaela sat behind the second guy as we rode 30 minutes to the isolated beach. They waited there for us so they didn't waste gas going back and forth.
Playa San Rafael, Barahona
This is a popular surfing spot because the waves are huge. LIKE HUGE. When you jump in you're paddling the whole time because you can't touch the bottom. And when you want out, you gotta be ready to run so the rip current doesn't pull you in!
Bahia de las Aguilas, Pedernales
Everyone stayed in San Rafael but we celebrated Frances' birthday with a day trip to Bahia de las Aguilas, which is a beach in a National Park.
To get to the isolated beach, we had to drive three hours (hence the bus) then take a boat for 25 minutes!
San Juan de la Maguana, San Juan
Frances' host Mom
Mango season isn't here yet but the boys found a couple good ones!